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Roster Grows to 17 as Bells Add Four

04/08/2010 3:42 PM The Bellingham Bells added two outfielders and two pitchers to their 2010 roster Thursday, April 8, with the additions of Wynton Bernard, Chris Sturdivant, Mitch Ludtke, and John Volk. The announcement brings Bellingham’s roster to 17 players with 57 days remaining before the Bells embark on their 12th season—the Bells full roster will be comprised to 26 players.

Bernard has started a 23 of Riverside Community College’s 25 games this season and leads his Tigers with 23 runs scored, 32 hits, 55 total bases, 21 runs batted in, and five triples. His five triples also pace the way for the Orange Empire Conference. In 2009, Bernard saw action in 46 games for Division I Niagara University where he finished with a .293 batting average and stole a Purple Eagle-best, 23 bases. He also tied a Niagara single-season record with five triples.

Ludtke pitched for the Bells in 2009 out of Skagit Valley College where he posted a 1-4 record with a 6.35 ERA in 16 appearances. The left-hander had the team’s second-most strikeouts with 34 including a very memorable outing on July 31 in which he retired all eight Kitsap batters he faced including seven straight by way of strikeout. Ludtke is currently the only left-handed hurler on the Bells 2010 roster.

Sturdivant, an outfielder at Gonzaga University, has a .250 batting average in his first year as a regular starter for the Bulldogs. As a red-shirt freshman in 2009, Sturdivant hit for a .333 average in 33 games and led his squad with a .667 average (4-for-6) in pinch-hit appearances. In 2008, as a member of the Everett Merchants of the Pacific International League, Sturdivant played against the Bells at Joe Martin Field and gunned down former Bells outfielder Jake Locker who was attempting to stretch a double into a triple.

Volk is currently a starting pitcher as a junior at California State University East Bay. In his first two years with the Pioneers, Volk compiled a 4-2 record with a 4.01 earned run average while primarily serving out of CSUEB’s bullpen. In 11 appearances this season, including nine starts, Volk has struggled on the mound while his team has struggled at the plate. Volk is currently 0-8 with an 8.29 ERA. In his eight losses, Volk’s teammates are hitting over 25 points lower than their season average of .305.

The Bellingham Bells kick off their 12th season June 4, 2010 at Joe Martin Field against the Kelowna Falcons. Great season and group tickets are still available for the 2010 campaign by calling the Bells Ticket Office at 360-746-0406. Fans can also find out more about how to purchase season, group, and individual game tickets by visiting www.bellinghambells.com.

About the Bellingham Bells
The Bellingham Bells are a professionally operated collegiate summer baseball team in the West Coast League. The team is owned and operated by Brett Sports & Entertainment which includes Major League Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett and Brett Sports managing partner Bobby Brett. The Bellingham Bells strive to provide their fans, sponsors, and partners with the very best in competitive baseball and affordable entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere. The team is comprised of college baseball players from across the country. In recent years, the Bells have produced a number of Major League products including Jeff Francis of the 2007 National League Champion Colorado Rockies and Whatcom County natives Ty Taubenheim and Kevin Richardson.


About the Bellingham Bells

The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

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